Valeo and Navya are to extend their technological and industrial collaboration for autonomous shuttles.

The Navya shuttles (180 units sold as at 31 December, 2020), which are operated worldwide, are already equipped with Valeo technologies.

The aim is to ramp up the Research and Development programme to build level 4 autonomous driving systems that can be brought to market within the next three years.

Valeo will provide Navya with the sensors and associated algorithms, which will enable the vehicle to closely perceive its surroundings and the former will share technical and functional data collected during experimentation. At the end of the phase, Valeo will manufacture and supply the selected components, so they can be integrated in the autonomous driving solutions marketed by Navya.

From a technological perspective, the collaboration will focus in particular on cameras, artificial intelligence software and electronic control units (ECUs).

In terms of driving assistance (ADAS), Valeo has a portfolio of technologies on the market, all of which are manufactured on a large scale. They include ultrasonic sensors, cameras, radars and the first 3D LiDAR to enter series production.

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Valeo also provides the control unit, which combines and processes the data collected. The control unit maps out a detailed 360° image of the vehicle’s surroundings and uses algorithms to detect objects and provide safety functions.

The technological, industrial and commercial partnership builds on the long-standing cooperation agreements between the two companies, particularly those concerning the sensors used on the Autonom Shuttle. The applications resulting from the first phase of development are expected in the third quarter of 2022.

“This collaboration with one of the world leaders in the automotive industry illustrates the added value of our technology,” said Navya CEO, Etienne Hermite.

“With this agreement, Navya will open up new opportunities for Valeo’s components and subsystems while enhancing its autonomous mobility solutions, all with the goal of reinforcing our position as a leading supplier of level 4 autonomous driving systems for passenger and goods transportation.”

For his part, Valeo CTO and VP, Strategy, Geoffrey Bouquot, added: “Stepping up our collaboration with Navya, an innovative and pioneering company at the heart of autonomous mobility, will allow us to test our latest ADAS technologies in real-life situations.

“Our partnership is a concrete illustration of Valeo’s DNA: developing innovations that are driving the future of mobility toward cleaner, safer, smarter solutions.”